Philippine business leaders, responding to a call from leading churchmen, joined in a twenty-five thousand strong protest march on October 6 against the rule of President Ferdinand Marcos.
MBS 4 (OCTOBER 5):
1. SV President Ferdinand Marcos speaking on national television (ENGLISH SOT) 1.01
M. SILVA (OCTOBER 6):
2. GV & CU Cardinal Jaime Sin at news conference (ENGLISH SOT) (2 shots) 2.19
3. GVs Demonstrators marching as people watch 2.32
TRANSCRIPT: PRESIDENT MARCOS: (SEQUENCE ONE): "And now may I proceed to another subject which I also find unpleasant. This is the subject of the separation of church and state. Of late we have heard the good Jaime Cardinal Sin, the highest prelate of our church, the church to which I belong, come out with statements here as well as abroad trying to destabilise our government. In the last elections he participated actively, in fact he directly or indirectly supported political candidates as well as supported political factions and parties. We have let this pass but lately he has come out openly encouraging all citizens to participate in "the parliament of the streets".
CARDINAL SIN (SEQUENCE TWO): "In the past I have repeatedly, together with the Catholic Bishops, priests, sisters, religious and laity of the Philippines,asked that the President repeal those decrees that our people consider unjustly onerous. That the discipline those who torture and savage our citizens, that he more vigorously initiates steps to bring about peace in our land. There has been no response to these pleas. One must then not be surprised if our frustrated people have increasingly exercised their constitutional right to be heard through the "parliament of the streets" in every instance; even in the most massive demonstrations no violence occurred whenever brute force was not inflicted on the marchers. Thus to claim that the parliament of the streets necessarily leads to violence is unfounded.
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Background: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Philippine business leaders, responding to a call from leading churchmen, joined in a twenty-five thousand strong protest march on October 6 against the rule of President Ferdinand Marcos. Bankers and students marched with militant and moderate opposition leaders, carrying anti-Marcos banners and chanting anti-Government slogans. Cardinal Jaime Sin, leader of the Philippines' 40 million Roman Catholics, last week urged businessmen to join non-violent protests in what he called "the parliament of the streets" to end repression and authoritarian rule. President Marcos went on national television to accuse the prelate of trying to destabilise his government because of comments he had made to the local and international press. He accused Cardinal Sin of fanning the flames of rebellion and "violating the constitution". The Cardinal has dismissed the president's charges as "astounding", and says he is only doing his moral duty. The President has appealed for calm while his government engages in delicate talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and commercial banks on an economic recovery programme. He warned the nation that if the country's creditors see the government is unstable and incompetent they will deny them any support.
Source: MBS 4/MANUEL SILVA